Practical Learning in Virtual Worlds: Confronting Literature with Health Educators


  • Kate Dagleish University of Hull
  • Mary Laurenson University of Hull



Virtual world second Life, nursing and midwifery, healthcare education, clinical practice.


In a radically changing educational world with rapid technological advances, educators need to adapt to new learning styles. This study investigates the use of Second Life (SL) within the Virtual World (VW) environment by healthcare educators as a method to enhance teaching and learning.

A case study design ascertained the views of healthcare educators to determine relationship variables of VW SL initiatives.

The findings reveal healthcare educators had limited expertise in using SL, but recognised its usefulness in bridging the theory/practice gap especially for nursing and midwifery training. The findings confirmed educators

Author Biographies

Kate Dagleish, University of Hull

Partnerships Admissions Administrator & PA

Mary Laurenson, University of Hull

Senior Lecturer Faculty of Health Sciences